Last month it was Katherine’s birthday, so Theresa and I made her a surprise birthday cake! The kind of cake was easy to decide, because it is a well known fact that Katherine loves red velvet! Theresa and I had a bake day before meeting up with Katherine at the Tea Girl for a birthday visit.
We had a little bit of confusion with the recipe. I have three different ones printed out, but it’s been so long since I’ve actually made red velvet that I don’t remember which my go-to was… oops. There were also several recipes for the cream cheese icing, but that was easy to figure out because the best cream cheese frosting has cinnamon in it 🙂 Too bad we ended up modifying it so there would be enough frosting for a whole cake. Sadly, this cake baking took place so long ago that I don’t even remember which recipe we used…
JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL LADY
(Ignore the knife…)
Theresa and I decided that we needed to decorate the cake in an African theme because Katherine was born in Kenya. Turns out that African-esq designs are complicated, which makes them really difficult to replicate with cream cheese icing. We opted for fun colours and shapes arranged in a festive manner, that could potentially be regarded as a slightly African.
The shapes on the side were actually really difficult to pipe because the spacing was awkward and cream cheese icing can be a little bit runny. As disappointed as I was with my handiwork, the overall effect worked out as planned.
Looks like T caught me on cam! Next time I’ll fix my hair… buuuuuut probably not.
As previously mentioned, I don’t remember which recipe we used, but below is the ingredient cocktail we used for the icing is below 🙂
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 ¾ cups unsalted butter
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 4 cups icing sugar
- Beat the cream cheese and butter together (starting with which ever is colder) until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
- Blend in the icing sugar cup at a time.
Oh ps. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHERINE!